Collectively informing policy to improve health and health care in South Carolina.

Statement about Racism as a Public Health Crisis

Violence against Black and minority communities reflects the systemic racism in American culture, society and institutions. We share the concerns of the nation and believe it is time to face racism as a public health crisis. For too long, inequities in health and wellness have been accepted as the status quo.

IMPH commits to doing our part to demonstrate and address the significant racial and ethnic inequities in health status and outcomes in our state.

We thank our community for all that you do to help our state reach its potential.
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health (IMPH) works every day to improve the health of South Carolinians.
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health (IMPH) is an independent entity serving as an informed nonpartisan convener around the important health issues in our state, providing evidence-based information to inform health policy decisions.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is an extraordinary public health and policy challenge. The South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health (IMPH) is committed to providing analysis and updates on COVID-19 and what it means for our state. Our briefs and reports make the connection between health disparities and preexisting health epidemics, social and environmental determinants of health, the history of health inequities and the current COVID pandemic.


According to U.S. Census projections, by the year 2030 all baby boomers will be older than 65. By 2034, the Census projects that older adults will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. For the present and future public health benefits of all South Carolinians, long-term services and supports for seniors and people with disabilities need both immediate and prolonged public attention to sustain and improve and sustain a complex, not fully integrated and costly long-term care system.


The landscape of health care is changing, bringing with it new pressures to adopt value-based systems of care that address social and environmental determinants of health. South Carolina must rethink how we define, support and empower our health workforce. Members of the health workforce in South Carolina need to be empowered to perform as highly adaptive change-agents to evolve with the pace of care delivery innovations, imagining innovative approaches to care that focuses on prevention, community settings and the social-environmental determinants of health and their implications for the workforce.


Together, we must re-shape the way we approach behavioral health illnesses and services in our state. It is time to recognize the need for crisis care for behavioral health patients in a similar way to the care available for people experiencing a heart attack, stroke, trauma or other physical health crisis. Everyone in our state should have access to the type of care they need, when they need itβ€” regardless of the health issue.
Elected officials are often required to make decisions on a variety of complex issues that affect health both directly and indirectly. These issues are sometimes clearly defined but can frequently be embedded in factors outside the influence of traditional health and health care. The Health Policy Fellows Program provides members of the South Carolina General Assembly with clear, evidence-based health policy information in a nonpartisan manner. The Fellows Program assists legislators by providing resources and information related to complex health topics. This program also highlights the importance of considering health implications as factors across all policy decisions.
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